Desk Organizer

By BeckySHoffman on Aug 07, 2013

This custom desk organizer helps the student who is blind or visually impaired to keep desktop items in one space. This way, they can easily keep track of the supplies they need, including a 3-ring notebook, braille book, abacus, as well as whatever else may be required. Lessons include Independent Living Skills.

Materials

  • Tri-wall or other cardboard, to create slotted organizer base
  • Label maker to label sections of organizer
  • Velcro dots for storing labels from 3-D task list (or other labels as needed)

Procedure

  • Desk organizer view 2Create a stepped box, 24 inches deep by about 16 inches wide, with a back that extends two inches lower than the rest of the box, to hang over the edge of the desk and secure the organizer.
  • The main compartment has two large openings one in front of the other: the first is 11.5 inches long by 2.25 inches with a depth of 8.5 inches (large enough to hold 11x11 braille paper); the second is also 11.5 inches by 2.25 inches but just 5 inches deep.
  • The next compartment abuts those and runs the same length front to back, but is 1 inch wide and 5 inches deep.
  • Stepped down from that is another slot, 2 inches wide and 2.75 inches deep. The final slot is 6.25 wide and 1 inch deep. This gives a variety of opening sizes to accommodate all manner of desk material.
  • Label with the student’s name on the front, in braille and print.
  • You can label each opening or slot with its function, for example, “braille book,” “notetaker,” etc.

Variations

The size of the overall organizer and the number of slots can be customized to the items your students may need to keep on their desks.

desk organizer collage